The iRig Stream Mic Pro lets you professionally record your own podcast with just an iPhone

The audio tech company’s heavily known for making products that democratize music production by letting you use software and hardware along with readily available devices like iPhones and iPads. The iRig Stream Mic Pro opens yet another avenue for budding podcasters to record crystal-clear audio for everything from podcasts to streams, videos, and even professional music production. The condenser microphone comes with 4 switchable polar patterns for all sorts of recording settings, a hi-pass filter that lets you instantly cut out rumbling sounds and other noises, and an audio interface that supports connecting a host of devices like keyboards, mixers, turntables, soundboards, etc. The microphone can be hooked to anything from a studio setup to a laptop, iPad, or iPhone, giving you the freedom to either scale up or scale down your setup, depending on the need.

Designer: IK Multimedia

The iRig Stream Mic Pro comes with a gold-sputtered ½” electret condenser diaphragm that allows it to record in pristine quality, but even supports the ability to choose between four polar patterns – cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-eight, and stereo, based on the space you’re recording in and the elements around you. A central knob forms the most noticeable element of the microphone’s design, doing multiple things from letting you cycle between patterns to controlling gain, headphone level, monitor mix, and even the high pass filter.

The iRig Stream Mic Pro is a little more than your average microphone. Sure, it matches up to some high-grade condenser mics in its capabilities, but what really sets it apart is the fact that it’s practically an entire studio inside a microphone. You can connect it right to your smartphone and begin recording, but if you’ve got more on your mind, the Stream Mic Pro lets you push boundaries. An aux input lets you hook your mic up to audio input devices like a keyboard, turntable, soundboard, or smartphone, and have the audio mix right into your recording. A headphone out lets you play with the levels too, allowing you to tune up your vocals or the audio playing from the input device. The Stream Mic Pro’s built-in audio interface gives it the ability to connect various devices to the mic without requiring any additional gear. The final recording then can be sent to your DAW on your phone, tablet, or laptop, saving you the trouble of requiring expensive gear and a technician.

Want to have better control over your master recording? The iRig Stream Mic Pro offers IK Multimedia’s groundbreaking Loopback+, letting you not only add music from your phone or tablet to your recording or stream but even route the mic signal into a separate app to add reverb, EQ, or noise-reduction before sending it to apps like TikTok or Instagram, which don’t normally let you process audio or add background music. This effectively gives you studio-level control in your social media apps, setting your content miles apart.

The mic comes with an ultra-portable design that cuts your need for additional gear in half. It connects to tripods or mic stands using a threaded mounting system at the back, and hooks to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop via USB-C (or lightning for your iPhone). The mic records in 24-bit at 96kHz, and offers a choice of stereo or multi-channel mode. The microphone connects to your device, working right out of the box without any extra software, and an MFi certification means you can even charge your iPhone while using iRig Stream Mic Pro to record with the (optional) DC power supply. The iRig Stream Mic Pro starts at €169.99 ($185.4 USD) and ships with a 2-year warranty.

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Jony Ive, designer of the iPhone and iPod, just designed a ‘clown nose’ for a British charity

There’s no Aluminium in this one, though…

We haven’t heard much from Jony ever since his departure from Apple. Sure, he founded LoveFrom with his colleague Marc Newson, but their projects seem fewer and farther between. The legendary designer, however, has surfaced to reveal the ‘Most Perfect Nose in History’, designed for British charity, Comic Relief. The nose in question is the popular red sphere, synonymous with clowns. While most clown noses used to be made from either plastic or foam, Jony Ive’s brought his signature approach to design by recreating the nose with a more universally fitting, foldable design. The new Red Nose looks exactly like the kind of thing Jony would design. It’s sleek, eye-catching, and just borders ever so slightly on being overdesigned to the level where we all wonder why… The new Red Nose will be made available on Comic Relief’s website as a fundraising effort for their work to help tackle social issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, and food poverty. Last year’s Comic Relief raised over $52 million.

Designer: Jonathan Ive for Comic Relief

The redesigned Red Nose (yes, I’m kinda laughing as I say it) uses a honeycombed paper construction, with plastic arcs on the side and a hinge detail that lets you open and close the nose. When closed, it’s about as small as a hearing aid, but open it out and it fits onto practically any nose, or so Comic Relief and Jony Ive claim. Each nose also comes with its own Airpods-like case, because you can’t wear the nose 24×7, right?!

There’s definitely a little tongue-in-cheek humor with the announcement of the new Red Nose. They call it the ‘Most Perfect Nose in History’, mimicking the kind of hyperbole you’d otherwise get from Apple, and the renders/images make it feel like an Apple product too. The new nose is available for £2.50 (about $3) on Amazon UK and the Comic Relief website, although it’s sold out as of the time of writing this article.

You’d think this was the new HomePod, but it isn’t.

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Brecht Wright Gander's Flesh Light lamp sheds light on "mechanical servants"

Bright Wright Gander has created the Flesh Light wall sconce

New York-based designer Brecht Wright Gander has created a wall sconce with a flesh-like silicone composite that is moved by motors to emphasise “the ways that even the most ordinary of domesticities often pulse with vitality”.

The lighting piece, called Flesh Light, consists of a silicone material that resembles flesh, suspended between a series of steel fasteners that expand and contract with motors that stretch the material, so that it appears to perform an “eerie dance”.

Brecht Wright Gander placed the contraption on a large, circular aluminium base with a LED light in the middle that shines through the silicon.

Brecht Wright Gander Flesh Light
Bright Wright Gander has created the Flesh Light wall sconce

“This is a speculative design intended to direct attention to mechanical servants, which perform the thanklessly miraculous task of illumination,” Gander told Dezeen.

“By theatricalizing a synthetic lifeform and assigning that lifeform a task which we ordinarily associate with inanimate objects (sconces), I’m emphasizing the ways that even the most ordinary of domesticities often, in fact, pulse with vitality.”

Originally unveiled via Object Gallery at Art Basel 2023 in Miami, the object crosses the line between functional and concept art, like much of Gander’s work.

Brecht Wright Gander Flesh Light
It consists of a silicone shade stretched between motors

The piece is 95 inches (2.4 metres) in diameter and 9 inches deep (22 centimetres).

The array of motors positioned on the outside of the circular base can be adjusted for speed, giving the movement of the silicone different rhythms, which changes the “intensity” of the diffused light.

Gander was informed not only by what he considers the subordinate role that we give inanimate objects but also by the increasingly blurred lines between living beings and things “as we hurtle towards the unknown of artificial intelligence”.

The designer ascribes his ideas to a theory of mutualism or the interrelatedness between people and things, that he said has been gaining “currency” in “discussions of the current ecological and environmental changes”.

“Virtually all designers and architects will agree that we are collaborations of environment and self,” said Gander.

“But one formulation of this equation has been less considered: the way that we compose our environments, not just as agents which affect them, but literally as them—we exist in mutuality with our surroundings, which are us.”

Brecht Wright Gander Flesh Light
It’s meant to challenge perceptions of inantimate objects

Flesh Light is the latest addition to Gander’s Cronenberg-esque body of works that use “Sisyphean repetitiveness”, which he says is meant to make people question why they do what they do, highlighting the mechanical nature of biology. 

“The obvious constraints in my creations — which perform a function, but seem to want to do more — also indicates the scepticism I have towards the idea of autonomy generally. Sconces don’t choose to be sconces,” he said.

Other examples of Gander’s work include Another Fucking Lamp, an installation that includes a number of silicon rubber “orifices”.

The photography is by Simon Leung.

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Oversized Bath Sheet

Made in Portugal, this Oversized Bath Sheet stems from a limited edition collaboration between French fashion brand Jacquemus and Copenhagen-based textiles company Tekla. With contrasting brown and blue striped color schemes on 100% organic heavyweight cotton, the towel looks striking while feeling plush, warm and absorbent.

Nissan unveils Max-Out sports convertible concept oozing out Tron Legacy elements

Like other leading automotive manufacturers’ sustainability is at the top of Nissan’s agenda too. Reason enough for them to launch a series of vehicles at the Nissan Futures event in Yokohama, Japan from February 4th to March 1st.

Our attention however is focused on one right now, the Max-Out all-electric convertible roadster. This Tron-like sports car of the future was initially just a digital blueprint more than a year ago when initially revealed. Now, finally, the two-seater Nissan has come to life for good.

Designer: Nissan

The core idea behind its design is to feel one with the vehicle, bringing a sense of openness by offering a very “enhanced and dynamic” driving experience every time the driver hits the pedal. As far as looks go, the futuristic appeal in the form of a digital landscape is undeniable, but the retro elements balance out the overall personality. The wheels, headlights and taillight have an 80s sci-fi character, while the rectangular front section, side profile, and the interiors have a definitive future-forward design.

There’s a lot of neon blue and neon green used in the exterior and the interior to amplify that hypnotic digital landscape appeal further. The dashboard gets a wide digital screen for seamless multitasking, and the sporty yoke-like steering wheel makes me want to play Overture by Daft Punk and feel the muted electric motor of the Max-Out revving at full blast on a freeway.

That said Nissan hasn’t released any information about the powertrain, electric battery or the probable range of the convertible. Nor is there any word on when this ride will hit the production lines, if it ever does. The only thing marked down y Nissan is that they will create 23 electrified models by 2030 for motorheads – 15 of them will be fully electric. Also, they have a serious vision of a 50 percent electrification mix along with the Infinity brands in the ending phase of the decade.

So, we are looking at a probable situation where the elements of Max-Out will be in some way or another other implemented in a production version. Still, it is good to imagine we’ll have roofless electric cars with steering wheels and normal aesthetics – not something that’s straight out of a creative designer’s pipedreams!

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Dezeen Debate features MVRDV's "awfully idyllic" 2100 vision for Vancouver's waterfront

The latest edition of our Dezeen Debate newsletter features MVRDV’s reimagining of Vancouver’s waterfront in response to rising sea levels. Subscribe to Dezeen Debate now.

Following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change, which reported that sea levels could increase as much as two metres by 2100, MVRDV has released proposed plans for Vancouver’s waterfront featuring resilient architecture and rewilding.

“As sea level rise is gradual, there is time to develop and implement this change if we start now,” said MVRDV.

Some readers thought there were more pressing issues to be addressed, with one saying “Vancouver has a much greater problem with housing and social issues than rising sea levels”. Whilst another hoped “for a more realistic portrayal of climate change and rising sea levels”.

Exterior of Villa BW by Mecanoo
Mecanoo has created a tile-covered house in the Netherlands

Other stories in this week’s newsletter include a house designed by Mecanoo covered in pearlescent tiles, a study from MIT which found a huge carbon cost to self-driving cars and Rezvani Motors’ launch of the “world’s most aggressive SUV“.

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Montalba Architects prioritises views at hillside home in Santa Monica

Canyon Terrace House

Binational studio Montalba Architects used ample glazing and a clever siting strategy to provide the best vistas at Canyon Terrace House in southern California.

Designed for a family of four, the multi-storey home sits on a sloped site in Santa Monica.

Slender swimming pool next to terrace of house by Montalba Architects in California
A slender pool features outside

Providing a connection to the outdoors – including views of a nearby canyon – was a guiding concern for Montalba Architects. The main intent was “to create a dialogue between indoor and outdoor spaces”, the studio said.

In turn, the team conceived an L-shaped, rectilinear dwelling that opens up toward the road – an orientation that captures the best views of the canyon, which lies to the west.

Bedroom within southern Californian home by Montalba Architects
Montalba Architects designed the house in southern California

Along the main street-facing elevation, the team placed a patio and slender pool. Trees and a fence block views from passers-by.

The front door is found on the east, tucked back from the road.

Limestone boxy fireplace within living space of Californian house
The central fireplace is made of limestone

Exterior walls consist of light-toned stucco and vast stretches of glass. Several areas are lined with patios and balconies shaded by anodized-aluminium louvres.

“Nature and natural light are the piece de resistance,” the studio said.

Large glass sliding doors leading to garden at Canyon Terrace House
Montalba Architects incorporated large stretches of glass into the design

“The home coexists with sweeping canyon views, allowing full sun exposure to radiate through two intersecting volumes that orient each of the living areas toward landscapes beyond the pool terrace,” it continued.

The house encompasses 5,400 square feet (502 square metres).

Downstairs office in Californian house by Montalba Architects
An office features at the entry-level

The entry-level holds the public spaces, along with an office. Full-height, glazed pocket doors open up the interior to the patio and pool, enabling a smooth transition between gathering areas.

The upper level contains the primary bedroom suite and two additional bedrooms.

On the lowest level, one finds a game room, media room, gym, laundry facilities and storage space, along with a two-car garage.

Oak flooring, walnut millwork and quartz kitchen countertops are among the interior finishes. Limestone features in several areas, including the entryway, pool and central fireplace.

Rectilinear louvres on Canyon Terrace House by Montalba Architects in California
Louvres shade the house

Montalba Architects was founded in 2004 by Swiss-American architect David Montalba and has offices in Santa Monica and Lausanne, Switzerland.

Additional projects by the studio include a clothing boutique owned by celebrity twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and the bright-and-airy headquarters for meditation company Headspace.

The photography is by Kevin Scott.

Project credits:

Architect: Montalba Architects
Builder: Sarlan Builders
Structural engineer: John Labib & Associates
Geotechnical engineering: Grover Hollingsworth & Associates, Inc
Others: Roofing & Waterproofing Forensics, Inc; Oculus Light Studio; Newton Energy;
Bent Grass Landscape Design

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Layla

Following “I Killed Captain Cook,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released “Layla”—both tracks from the highly anticipated upcoming double album, V (out 17 March). Frontman Ruban Nielson, who is of Hawaiian and Maori heritage, says the sound was inspired by “the rich traditions of West Coast AOR, classic hits, weirdo pop and Hawaiian Hapa-haole music.”

Interesting Industrial Design Student Work: The No-Shado Desk Lamp

Industrial Design student Thomas Ferreira, of Canada’s Humber College, created this No-Shado desk lamp concept. It could be added, the thinking goes, to the rear of any slab-style worksurface, and would disappear when not in use.

I think the concept is quite interesting, but one thing I can’t fathom is why the lighting isn’t blacked out on the outside of the light; wouldn’t that cast a distracting glare?

In any case, I like the overall concept and would love to see it developed further. I imagine that with that much cantilever, the light housing and the hinge would have to somehow compensate for an overabundance of leverage.